Getting Bored and Angry at Lamb of God: Review and Photos

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Todd Owyoung
Lamb of God | Hatebreed | In Flames | Sylosis
The Pageant
November 7, 2012

Before I start trashing one of the most popular metal bands on the planet, let me offer my credentials: In 1989, I saw Sepultura at the Bridgeton Soccer club at just nine years old. I got in trouble for spray painting the Slayer logo on the side of someone's house at ten. I met Danzig when I was eleven. I've been playing in metal bands just about as long as I have had my own dick.

See also:
-Yob at Fubar, 9/13/12: Review and Photos
-Randy Blythe is Free! (For now)

I was first introduced to Lamb of God in the fall of 2003 when I decided to check out MTV's Headbanger's Ball tour. Unearth opened the show, and while I enjoyed some of the Iron Maiden inspired riffing, I was mostly bored. Killswitch Engage played second and it sounded pretty much just like the last band, minus the interesting guitar leads.

Shadows Fall was up next and I don't think I'd of even been able to tell it was a different band if they didn't switch out the super big black guy singer for the super long dreadlock guy singer.

When I was told the headliner was named Lamb of God, I got excited. Surely, this was a death-metal band that was about to steal the show. But boy did they save the exact same fucking thing for last. Little did I know this style (or lack of) would soon become known as the "second wave of American heavy metal."

Subtract what you think makes any of your favorite metal bands special and you have the bands of this second wave. Tell King Diamond to stop singing so high. Tell Slipknot to lose the ridiculous masks and chill out with the grooves. Tell High on Fire to stop smoking so much weed and fantasizing about war-vikings. Tell Phil Anselmo to start making some goddamn sense when he talks.

Given singer Randy Blythe's recent Prague imprisonment nonsense, along with how relieved and excited fans are that he has been freed, I realize that this is not the easiest time to give the band an unfavorable review. Judging by the few interviews I've ever seen with the members of Lamb of God, they are most likely pretty nice guys. This review has nothing to do with them as people. I wouldn't wish imprisonment abroad with no bail on Fred Durst himself (well shit, maybe I would. This is about the music.

I admit my explanation that my argument against it -- "I just think its boring" -- is about as strong as the counter-argument: "dude it fucking kicks ass". It is metal. I won't argue that. But that's all it is. It isn't death-metal, stoner-metal, sex-metal or lunch-metal... it is just metal. It never reaches too far in any one direction. It just lingers, secure and comfortable, in the safety of just being... metal.

A look at the t-shirts being displayed on store walls and teenagers' chests at any shopping plaza that is actually still open also tells me that if "mall-metal" is a real thing, Lamb of God is the Jay and Silent Bob of the genre.

All that said, I entered this show with as open a mind as possible. Why go anywhere with the intention of having a bad time? I've seen Hatebreed before and enjoyed it, I was excited about In Flames and it had been nearly ten years since I'd seen Lamb of God. A lot of growth can take place in ten years.


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nickmail2
nickmail2

He spouts all this "cred" in his intro, yet his critique and description of the experience leads me to believe he was just reading about these bands in magazine's/interenet. Did you even go to this concert at all? Do you actually listen to metal, or are you just trying to pump out page views for your 5-10 cents a word freelance job?

slowride09
slowride09

Hey rick .. just curious what band are you in? who the fuck did you see your death metal concerts with your sister. Sissy little darlings posers shall die. p.s. Avon is calling..Hahahaha

scott19674
scott19674 topcommenter

30 dollars is 1000 percent of 3 dollars, not 100 percent. Duh, motherfucker.

Bunga
Bunga

What is nonsense about the Prague imprisonment? Witnesses say that he threw someone from a height, he landed on his head, got to hospital, fell into coma, after a couple of weeks died. Authorities investigated, tried to get cooperation from US, got none. Blythe came back, they arrested him and charged him accordingly with manslaughter. He was denied bail, but after an appeal a bail was granted and could even leave the country until the trial begins.

 

What is nonsense about that? (Apart from the fact that if a Czech was facing manslaughter charges in US he would most probably not be allowed to get back oversees on bail)

RFT Music
RFT Music

Aww, Otis, you're making us blush!

kingskalmad
kingskalmad

Heh heh heh. I with you, Rick. Torsten stayed home and slaughtered gnolls again in the tunnels beneath Rathkjastill rather than be bored by middle of road bands. UP THE METAL. FUCK YOUR METAL.

brian1099
brian1099

C'mon, people - this a good show review.  The author is obviously familiar with the subject, goes in with an open mind, and gives the reasons behind his opinions.  Much better than the "Justin Beiber sucks-let's get drunk around all the underage girls!"  crappiece that passed for a review last week (although I doubt too many Lamb of God fans read that one, and the ones that did probably loved it).  If you're going to trash the review, at least make a better argument than "FUCK YOU-Lamb of God ROCKS!".  Sadly, there doesn't seem to be much room for intelligence in metal fandom.

neoFatal
neoFatal

FYI, well designed, good quality t-shirts are nowhere near that cheap to produce.

brandrand
brandrand

This "review" is absolute bullshit.  How about you attend the concerts of bands you enjoy, dumbfuck?  And why you're at it, please neglect posting trollish reviews for the ones you don't.

scooter1
scooter1

While I'm not a huge fan of Lamb of God, I would agree that the author is a talentless, self-important douche who has failed at both music and comedy.  I've had the misfortune of headlining a show in which his shitty 'death metal' band opened.  They made for quite the backstage joke fest.

Otis Ryan
Otis Ryan

And just when I thought the Bieber review was my favorite piece of music journalism. I love you guys.

stanman34
stanman34

You are fucking dumb. Unearth, killswitch, Shadows fall and lamb of god all have a unique sound of metal. No wonder you never made it in metal bc you can't even appreciate it.

Matt Harnish
Matt Harnish

"It's not just bad; it's Pointfest bad." Great job, Rick!

teddanson
teddanson

 @scooter1 and what band are you in? i can't imagine yours is much better.

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